The Lagos State Government has ordered the immediate suspension of all building construction in Palmgrove Estate, off Ikorodu Road, pending the resolution of complaints emanating from a recent review of the Approval Order of the Estate.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, made this known during a meeting with stakeholders of the Estate midweek in Alausa.
Dr. Salako noted that the review of the Approval Order was at the instance of members of the Estate, explaining that the exercise was necessary to accommodate growth and development in the area, which had maintained its low-density features since the early 1950s.
He expressed concern that pre-emptive activities of developers, who took advantage of the unfolding review to indiscriminately increase density in the Estate, had occasioned complaints and fears about the new Approval Order when it finally birthed.
Also speaking at the meeting, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Lands and Physical Planning, Dr. Olajide Babatunde, urged property owners in Palmgrove Estate to embrace the review as it is imperative for development, adding that it was a response to the dynamics of societal growth.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Engr. Abiola Kosegbe, assured that a critical look would be taken on all claims for resolution in the interest of all stakeholders.